My content reflects the lessons I’ve learned fighting my way from a poor community in Atlanta to graduating with honors and debt-free from Yale University.
If you’re interested in getting deeper, I share these lessons in my journal.
But if you want to know About Me
My mom escaped to the United States with my grandparents as refugees of the Vietnam War. My family eventually settled down in a small town on the south side of Atlanta because it was cheap to own a home. I was born shortly afterwards.
The neighborhood I grew up in left much to be desired. Four in five of us were minorities, our poverty rate was higher than some of the poorest cities in the U.S., and our crime rate was higher than the national average. People who came to our community wanted to leave as soon as they could – and I was no different.
My handicapped mother raised me and my little brother on food stamps and welfare as a single parent. Because she never had the chance to finish even 3rd grade, she placed on us the value of education. The obstacle was, given where we lived, my public school district had its own problems.
My public school system struggled to meet testing standards, struggled to graduate students, and struggled to prepare college-ready students. In 2008, my school district became the only district out of the 14,000+ in the United States to lose our accreditation and the media labeled us “the worst school district in the U.S.”
My surroundings growing up made me hate where my family and I were in life. I wanted better. I hustled and grind until I graduated at the top of my class, earned more than $1 million in scholarships, and received acceptances to Harvard and Yale.
After graduating from Yale in 2015, I spent 5 months traveling the world, moved to my dream city of San Francisco, and starting working at Bain & Company after beating out 60,000 other applicants for my job. Today I can afford to live in the most expensive city in the world and send money back home to my mom.
I’ve come far from where I started but so could anyone else who has the same guiding principles I’ll share with you.
I’m so glad you’re here, and welcome you with open arms.